Pupils in year 3 are starting to work on Key stage 2 work and there are many new concepts of maths to be introduced. As children may now be working in groups it is important to ensure that your child has complete understanding of any new work introduced. It is helpful to your child if multiplication tables (3, 4 and 8) can be learnt at home so that multiplication and division is more quickly understood - they will now start adding and subtracting with three-digit numbers, using column addition and subtraction. There are many other practical ways that parents can help at home e.g. learning the time, experience with money, shapes, angles and measurement. Questions on all these topics will be introduced but additional help at home will give your child confidence and ensures that their understanding is complete. Pupils will work on fractions of quantities and equivalent fractions. 12-hour and 24-hour clock, perimeters,right angles and horizontal, vertical, perpendicular and parallel lines are all topics which will be introduced. Bar charts, pictograms and tables will be used to present work.
The papers below give you examples of year 3 work.
Pupils at this age need to be able to use their imagination in writing stories, thinking about setting and characters, as well as learning more about different genres of writing including playscripts and poetry. They still like to have a story read to them at night. It is also useful to use CDs of famous books such as Narnia in the car or at bedtime. Children need to have a solid grounding in the use of adverbs, adjectives and grammar as well as using conjunctions such as after, because, before, so, when and while. They need to use speech marks when writing dialogue. Below is a selection of papers which will help your child with all these skills.
- identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
- explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
- investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
- explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal
- identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
- identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement
- compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties
- describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
- recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter
- recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
- notice that light is reflected from surfaces
- recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes
- recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object
- find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change
- compare how things move on different surfaces
- notice that some forces need contact between 2 objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance
- observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
- compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials
- describe magnets as having 2 poles
- predict whether 2 magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing